Call for Papers: 2023 America in the World Conference

Call for Papers: 2023 America in the World Conference, “What Now? Updating Great Power Competition After the Russian Invasion of Ukraine”


The America in the World Consortium invites PhD students, early scholars, and early policy practitioners to submit proposals for a one-day conference on great power competition in an ever-changing security landscape at the University of Texas at Austin in February.

Competition with China will remain the animating factor of U.S. strategy in the years ahead. Heightened tensions surrounding Taiwan crystalize the magnitude of this challenge. The Russian invasion of Ukraine occurred in the shadow of a growing Sino-Russian partnership, complicating further the evolving international environment.

Against this backdrop, we are interested in works addressing three broad areas shaping the curators of great power competition:

  1. Security: Defending the First and Second Island Chains, Conventional and Nuclear Deterrence, Escalation Management
  2. New Domains: Cyber, Space, AI, Information Warfare, and Economic Statecraft & Security
  3. International Order: Europe, the Global South (i.e., Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands), and Human Rights

The AWC and its partners, the Clements Center for National Security (UT-Austin), the Kissinger Center for Global Affairs (JHU-SAIS), and the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy, are convening an interdisciplinary conference to examine the myriad issues surrounding great power competition. In each of the conference themes above, we seek to assess the current state of great power rivalry, illuminate the direction it is likely headed, and grapple with the implications for U.S. policy.

Submission Instructions

To ensure a wide range of perspectives, the organizers welcome proposals from PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, early career academic professionals, and early career policy practitioners.

Disciplines of interest are not limited, but generally include history, political science, international relations, public policy, and area studies. We are interested in thought-provoking works at various stages of readiness.

Please send a 2-page abstract of your proposed presentation to by December 1, 2022.

Presentations will be 12-15 minutes, with 5 additional minutes for Q&A. The organizers will review proposals immediately but will hold responses until shortly after December 1.

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The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2022.



About the America in the World Consortium

In 2018, a team of scholar-practitioners from Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Texas at Austin launched a new consortium designed to better prepare the next generation to confront geopolitical challenges and advance American national interests abroad.

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